Osteoporosis Costs

ESTIMATES OF CURRENT HEALTH CARE COST IN THE UNITED STATES POSTULATED COST SAVINGS WITH ADEQUATE PREVENTIVE CARE (PER U.S. GUIDELINES AND RISK REDUCTION DATA) PREVENTIVE MEASURES
OSTEOPOROSIS/CALCIUM, AND VITAMIN D/ METABOLISM

In 2005, $19 billion was spent treating incident fractures and prevalent fractures in the United States.

Prevalence of osteoporosis in the United States is expected to increase from 10 million to greater than 14 million in 2020.

• Nonvertebral fractures represented were responsible for 94% of the total cost.
• 57% of the above costs were incurred by inpatient care.
• 30% of the above costs were incurred by long term care.
• 13% of the costs were incurred by outpatient care.

By 2025 osteoporosis related costs are projected to grow to $25 billion yearly.
Russell Burge, et al; J Bone Miner Res 2007;22: 465-475. Abstract

In the year 2002, there were 1.5 million fractures related to osteoporosis.
• That resulted in 500,000 hospital admissions,
800,000 emergency room visits, 2.6 million physician visits, 180,000 nursing home admissions, and $12 billion to $18 billion in direct healthcare cost.

Preventing osteoporosis related fractures: an overview; American Journal of Medicine: Margery Gass et al. Volume 119 - Issue 4; Supplement 1: Page S3-S11 April 2006 Abstract

Adequate exercise, calcium and vitamin D supplementation, appropriate screening for osteoporosis/osteopenia, with appropriate treatment according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation guidelines could possibly lead to 20% reduction in the current cost of treating fractures. Maintain adequate Calcium/ Vitamin D levels and have your bone strength tested at recommended intervals to prevent or delay broken bones due to osteoporosis.